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CSE Quick Citation Guide

Citing sources in CSE style.

CSE Style

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style is a writing and citation style commonly used in physical and life sciences. CSE’s manual is currently on the 8th edition. 

The Scientific Style and Format has three systems for citations:

  1. Citation-Sequence
  2. Citation-Name
  3. Name-Year

This guide contains examples of common citation formats (in CSE style) and resources for additional information about using CSE style.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the general format for the Name-Year system?

Name-Year system includes information in this order: Author Names, Year of publication, Title, all other items

What is the general format for the Citation-Sequence and Citation-Name systems?

Citation-Sequence and Citation-Name systems include information in this order: Author Names, Title, all other items (including year of publication)

*Note: Previous editions of APA Style required articles without DOIs to include Retrieved from [journal home page URL] 

How do I write author names in the reference list?

Write each author's last name followed by first (and middle) initials. Do not use a comma between parts of one author's name. Do not use periods or spaces between one author's initials. Example: Smith JA

How do I list authors in the reference list?

For multiple authors, list up to 10 names. If there are more than 10 authors, list the first 10 followed by "and others". Example: Smith JA, Robins M, Lu CH.

How do I write titles of sources? 

For periodicals (journals, newspapers, magazines), capitalize the titles as they normally are written. For book and article titles, capitalize only the first word of the title (and subtitle), proper nouns, and capitalized abbreviations or symbols (such as HIV-1 or pH).